Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Great List From Whole9 of Paleo Nutrition Books and Documentaries

Great list, from the "whole 9" site:

Books and Movies – Beginner 

The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan
The Inflammation Syndrome, by Jack Challem
Food, Inc. (documentary film)
King Corn (documentary film)
SuperSize Me (documentary film)
Fat Head (documentary film)

Books and Movies – Intermediate 

The Paleo Diet, by Dr. Loren Cordain
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
The Future of Food (documentary film)

Books and Movies – Advanced 

Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes
Lights Out:  Sleep, Sugar and Survival, by T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby
The Ethics of What We Eat, by Peter Singer
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
The World According to Monsanto (documentary film)

Talking About Nutrition

The Paleo Pitch. Whole9 helps you explain how you eat to friends, family and co-workers.
How to Win Friends and Influence Paleo. How to help others find their way to the Whole30 program.
(NEW!) The 400,000 Hour Body.  There are no shortcuts to optimal health and fitness.  Sorry.
Generation P:  Our newest series on growing Paleo kids.
Conversations With a Vegetarian. How to talk Paleo nutrition with your vegetarian friends and family.

Bonus: Lectures You Gotta See
How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic
 Sugar the Bitter Truth
An Organic Chemist's Perspective on Paleo
Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat 

Kids Training for Real Life

I was going to title this "paleo-kids" but you see, that's redundant.

This past weekend, my honey bunny and I had a wonderful baby shower thrown for us.  Such a nice turn out - very supportive and loving.  Many age groups were invited and it was impossible not to notice how well the kids got along.  Some of these kids were new friends!  I tried to capture these kids playing together in some pics, but they were moving too fast.  Running.  Constantly.  Why do kids think this fast movement and "doing laps" around our tables is "fun"?  

Think of other animals that play in a very active way.  It is obvious that the playing they all do is a preparation for the skills they'll need as the mature.  The wrestling kittens, the easily command-able puppy getting ready for prowling or pack-lifestyle.  Does it therefore stand to reason that a child's desire to do 117 laps around the tables of our wedding shower to stave off boredom may be their instinctual way of preparing for a life that thy are supposed to be destined for?  

It is well established that our ancestors, prior to cultivating crops and domesticating animals, were endurance athletes.  Our tools were our bodies and our ability to persistence hunt was necessary for survival for millions of years.  What makes you think we've lost that and why would we want to?  Our sweat glands, our hair, our tendons and alignments of muscles are much closer to a kangaroo that an office chair.  If we were "smart" about it, we'd make our kids practice what they'll need in today's world.  Sit quietly in a tetris-piece shape and type.  

...Or maybe it's the other way around, we need to mimick our kids' behaviors and get back in touch with why we're made the way we're made...